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Metropolis has Superman, Gotham City has Batman, and now Ohio has a superhero of its very own. However, some critics it were somebody else — anybody else.
Meet Buddie, the caped crusader enlisted by ResponsibleOhio to aid in the fight to legalize marijuana in the Buckeye State. You’ll recognize him by his green-and-white costume, marijuana leaf-like gloves, washboard abs, half-closed eyes and blinding smile. Oh, and by the enormous marijuana bud that serves as his head.
Forget Christian Bale and Michael Keaton: For a generation of fans, Kevin Conroy is Batman. Over the past 23 years, the actor has voiced the Caped Crusader in more than 30 projects, ranging from Batman: The Animated Series to Justice League: Doom to Batman: Arkham Knight — and he’s not about to allow Donald Trump to lay claim to the cape and cowl.
Campaigning over the weekend at the Iowa State Fair, the presidential candidate took groups of children a ride in his $7 million customized helicopter. Asked by a 9-year-old boy whether he’s Batman, the Republican frontrunner now famously replied in a husky voice, “I am Batman.”
Inspired by Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s joking proclamation that “I am Batman,” ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! brought together audio of the presidential candidate and footage from Batman: The Animated Series to see what he would be like as the Caped Crusader.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump has billions of dollars, a customized helicopter and jet, and an affinity for emblazoning his logo on any flat surface, but over the weekend he demonstrated he’s no Bruce Wayne.
While appearing Saturday at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Trump revealed his secret identity — an amateur move. It wasn’t the $7 million helicopter with ‘TRUMP” plastered on the side that gave it away, or the red ball cap with “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN,” but rather the candidate himself: He confessed to being Batman.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is currently the primary contender to frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the early field of candidates for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Campaign manager Jeff Weaver is at the head of Sanders’ efforts — and he’s also the owner and operator of a comic shop, as reported on earlier this week by Mother Jones.
This past weekend, politician and genuine American hero John Lewis made the trip to Comic-Con International to spread the word about “March: Book Two,” the second volume of the graphic novel trilogy detailing his experiences in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. But as detailed by the Washington Post, Rep. Lewis didn’t just drop in for a quiet appearance, he marched through the convention center with a group of children in tow. Wearing a trench coat and backpack filled with copies of “March,” Lewis arrived at Comic-Con “cosplaying” as his 25-year-old self, who led hundreds on a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
— Nate Powell (@Nate_Powell_Art) July 12, 2015
Co-written with his staffer Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell (“Swallow Me Whole”), the “March” books are a three-part set of memoirs telling Rep. Lewis’ story from his days as a young boy in segregated Alabama, to being beaten in the Selma march of 1965, to his time as U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district, a position he’s held since 1987.
On Saturday, Lewis took the stage at Comic-Con International alongside Aydin and Powell to discuss the books, his lifelong message of nonviolent protest and share a preview for “Book Three.” In attendance were a group of third-graders from San Diego’s own Oak Park Elementary, who then accompanied the congressman in a march from the panel to his signing at Top Shelf Productions’ booth, echoing his “Bloody Sunday” march.
— TopShelfProductions (@topshelfcomix) July 11, 2015
— TopShelfProductions (@topshelfcomix) July 11, 2015
The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has decided to reject all issue-oriented advertising through at least the end of the year after an anti-Islam group sought to run an ad in subway stations and on buses featuring a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.
The illustration, by comic artist Bosch Fawstin, was the winning entry in the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest held May 3 in Garland, Texas, where two armed gunmen were killed by police during a foiled attack on the event.
Facing mounting criticism for erecting a 20-foot statue of a robot that some have labeled a “monstrosity,” the longtime mayor of Ankara, Turkey, arrived at a solution: He replaced it last week, at taxpayer expense, with a replica of a 32-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex.
A flamboyant politician who’s been mayor of the country’s capital city since 1994, Melih Gökçek had responded to backlash over the initial statue by saying “Respect the robot,” only to later announce plans to replace it with a dinosaur, because the robot “got on the leftists’ nerves.”
President Obama officially welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the White House on Tuesday to address free trade and international cooperation. But before the discussion turned too serious, the Most Powerful Man in the World wanted to talk a little about manga and anime.
Speaking at the arrival ceremony, Obama said the visit by Abe and his wife Akie was an opportunity for he and First Lady Michelle Obama to return the hospitality they received in Japan (where the president played soccer with a robot).
Testifying Thursday on Capitol Hill, actor Ben Affleck reminded senators that, well, he’s Batman — and dropped a minor spoiler about the upcoming Warner Bros. film.
“To Senator Leahy, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my co-star in Batman,” Affleck said, addressing Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont. “The role is marginally smaller than mine but I understand you’re quite good.”
If you’re a Barack Obama supporter, you’ve probably gotten a lot of emails from him, from his campaign and from his administration over the years. Like, a lot. Even the most ardent Obama boosters may have tuned them out.
Yet one that arrived today is certainly worth noting, as the president speaks directly about his comic book fandom:
I don’t know much about Madison, Wisconsin, Mayor Paul Soglin, but I’m willing to bet Friday was the first time in a political career that stretches back to 1968 that he’s been photographed with Groot. Or, well, any Flora colossus from Planet X.
However, you don’t get elected mayor seven times — seven times! — without kissing a few babies and shaking a few branches … of sentient tree creatures.
As slain Charlie Hebdo editor Stéphane Charbonnier was laid to rest Friday, a cartoonist from the predecessor magazine Hara-Kiri denounced his determination to run the Prophet Muhammad cartoons despite violence and threats.
The latest issue of the French satire magazine continues to sell briskly, as print runs climbed to 5 million, and the Charlie Hebdo app has been updated, with this week’s issue available in English as well as France. Reactions from Muslim scholars and clerics to the latest issue were negative, but generally counseled restraint. Around the world, protestors have taken to the streets; most of the demonstrations have been peaceful but a few have turned violent.
The cartoonist Luz, one of the artists of the Muhammad covers, gave an emotional eulogy at Charbonnier’s funeral, calling him a “friend, brother, drinking buddy… partner in crime,” and expressing his regret that Charbonnier would not be there to draw the events following the Jan. 7 attack, and expressing his hope that “thousands of Charlie Hebdos” will spring up in its aftermath.
Meanwhile, Henri Roussel, one of the contributors to the magazine that became Charlie Hebdo, denounced Charbonnier for continuing to publish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad after the magazine’s offices were firebombed in 2011.
Nasser bin al-Ansi, head of al-Qaida in Yemen, has claimed responsibility for the attack Jan. 7 on the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people, including five prominent cartoonists.
“As for the blessed Battle of Paris, we, the Organization of al-Qaida al Jihad in the Arabian Peninsula, claim responsibility for this operation as vengeance for the Messenger of God,” al-Ansi said in a video posted on YouTube. He claimed the massacre was ordered by al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri, and that the “one who chose the target, laid the plan and financed the operation is the leadership of the organization.”
Remaining defiant in the wake of the killings last week in its Paris headquarters, the remaining staff of Charlie Hebdo on Monday night debuted the cover of the next issue, featuring a tearful Prophet Muhammad holding a sign with the slogan “Je Suis Charlie” — “I Am Charlie.”
The cover, bearing the headline “Tout Est Pardonne” (“All Is Forgiven”), was initially released on the website of the French newspaper Libération, which is allowing the satirical magazine’s staff to use work from its offices. With Charlie Hebdo‘s headquarters still a crime scene, its surviving employees are using equipment on loan from Le Monde.
“We will not give in,” the magazine’s attorney Richard Malka told France Info radio. “The spirit of ‘I am Charlie’ means the right to blaspheme.”
Two masked gunmen, later identified as jihadist brothers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, shot and killed 12 people, including five cartoonists, Jan. 7 at Charlie Hebdo‘s offices. The Kouachis were themselves killed following a standoff with French special forces.